The Sinai Temple Blumenthal Library is one of the finest temple libraries in the nation. We have over 30,000 books, audiobooks, DVD's, eBooks, and other materials, and are open on a year-round basis. Our professional staff includes the library director, a cataloger and reference librarian, an office manager, and a technology assistant, who all keep our excellent library running smoothly. We are one of the few temple libraries (of any denomination) that have received advanced accreditation by the National Association of Jewish Libraries. Library privileges are free to all temple members, regardless of age. Books are checked out for two weeks, DVD's for one week, and audiobooks for three weeks. Children in our affiliated schools come to the library on a regular basis and are allowed to borrow materials according to grade level guidelines. Renewals are easily permitted by phone, email, or in person. Library programs are offered throughout the year. They include various author visits, children's storyhours, book clubs, Sisterhood classes, annual used book sale, Jewish Book Month event, and other book-related programs. Please check this website regularly for updates on our various activities and events.
E-READER CHECK-OUT PROGRAM!
Sinai Temple Library owns 6 Kindles that are available to be checked out by patrons.
These devices will be able to be borrowed for a two-week period and a permission form must be signed. Would you like to check one out? We will train you how to use it and download the title of your choice!
An Evening with Author Jonathan Kirsch, author of The Short Strange Life of Herschel Grynzpan: A Boy Avenger, a Nazi Diplomat, and A Murder in Paris
Jonathan Kirsch, the author of 13 books, and the book editor of The Jewish Journal, is also a three-time president of PEN U.S.A. His newest book unpacks the moral dimensions of one of the most enigmatic cases of World War II. On the morning of November 7, 1938, a seventeen-year-old Jewish refugee, Herschel Grynszpan, walked into the German embassy in Paris and assassinated Ernst vom Rath, a low-level Nazi diplomat. Two days later, the Third Reich exploited the murder to inaugurate its long-planned campaign of terror against Germany’s Jewish citizens—what became known as Kristallnacht. On the seventy-fifth anniversary of Kristallnacht, Kirsch— lawyer and bestselling author—unpacks the moral dimensions of one of the most enigmatic cases of World War II.
When: Thursday, November 21, 2013 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Contact: Barbara Goelman, (310) 481-3218 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details or to RSVP
We are proud to present the Millie Tynan Mitzvah Award to Norman Pell
SUNDAY AFTERNOON DOCUMENTARY FILM SERIES:
Join us in the library for a series of fascinating documentary films and discussions.
It Is No Dream: The Life of Theodore Herzl
Narrated by Sir Ben Kingsley, this film of the Herzl’s life examines how the well-known journalist and assimilated Budapest-born Jew took upon himself the task of attempting to create a Jewish homeland in Palestine. Over the span of 8 years, and against all odds, Herzl organized and led a worldwide political movement that within 50 years led to the establishment of the State of Israel. (97 min.)
After the film, executive producer Richard Trank will join us for a Q & A session.
When: Sunday, October 27, 2013 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cost: Free of Charge
Contact: Barbara Goelman, (310) 481-3217 or email@example.com for more details
Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness
Using rarely seen photographs and archive footage, along with the voices of actors Peter Riegert and Pachel Dratch, and interviews with leading experts, including author Bel Kauffmann, the author’s granddaughter, this film brings the world of Sholem Aleichem to life. A riveting portrait of the great writer whose stories became the basis of Fiddler on the Roof, the documentary tells the tale of the rebellious genius who created an entirely new literature by plumbing the depths of a Jewish world on the cusp of profound change.
When: Sunday, January 12, 2014 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cost: Free of Charge
Contact: Barbara Goelman, (310) 481-3217 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
EVENING BOOK GROUP:
Join us in discussing contemporary Jewish-themed books with the Sinai Temple Book Group. We are open to all who are interested in good books and good conversation. Come to one or all of our meetings, held in the Lainer Learning Center’s Library Lounge!
Facilitated by Lisa Silverman, Library Director
This season we are reading the following titles:
Jacob’s Folly: A Novel by Rebecca Miller
Thursday, October 10, 2013 7:30 p.m. - 9.00 p.m.
My Glorious Brothers, by Howard Fast
Thursday, December 12, 2013 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
A Guide for the Perplexed: A Novel, by Dara Horn
Thursday, January 30, 2014 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
SPECIAL CHAI SOCIETY EVENT:
Mapping Jewish LA with Dr. Karen S. Wilson, UCLA
Co-Sponsored by Chai Society
What if you could go back in time and visit Boyle Heights in the 1930’s to hear the music and voices coming out of Zellman’s Men’s Wear or Ginsberg’s Vegetarian Café? What if you could follow the pathways of immigrant families who just landed in LA in 1900 to make a new life for themselves? How did Pico-Robertson look in the 1950’s?
In a partnership with UCLA Library and Special Collections, USC, and more than a dozen community archives, the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies is embarking on an ambitious, $5 million, 5-year initiative to create a multimedia, digital archive of Jewish LA. Built on 3D space and time mapping technologies, visitors to the “Mapping Jewish LA” portal will discover, explore, and even contribute to the history of our city through any computer or mobile device. Dr. Karen Wilson, director of this project will show us how it all works.
When: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 7:30 p.m. in Gold Hall
Cost: Free of charge
Contact: Barbara Goelman, (310) 481-3218 or email@example.com for more details.
The Central Cataloging Service helps Judaica librarians and lay people who need to catalog books into the Elazar classification
systems. It is available electronically. This means that if someone is starting a library or doing a retrospective conversion, or just needs Elazar cataloging, they can easily
obtain it through us as long as they own a computer system that can receive downloadable MARC records. The library can send us a book list and we hope to have a large
percentage of "hits" which will allow us to send them records by MARC format on a disk or through a computer download. We have a large collection and can supply most of a
synagogue library's needs with the exception of a library of strictly Orthodox materials. We can also offer a simple call number matching service for those who do not wish electronic records.
(Contact us for a price list.) In addition, we also sell an Integrated Subject Heading List and the Elazar Classification book with an errata sheet.
Please call Lisa Silverman or Joel Tuchman at 310-481-3218 or contact for more information.